Situated in the far north of the Kruger National Park on the ancestral land of the Makuleke tribe, The Outpost is a contemporary architectural gem offering exceptional safari lodge accommodation. Overlooking the Luvuhu River Valley, guests are treated to panoramic views of the African bush and the chance to watch wildlife roaming freely between Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa.

  • 180˚ views of rugged African bushveld
  • Game viewing from private outdoor terrace
  • Morning and afternoon game drives
  • Night drives and guided bush walks
  • Guided visits to Crooks Corner where three countries meet; South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique
  • Visit the Thulamela archaeological site
  • Village tours of the Makuleke community
  • Luxurious spa treatments in your room

The Outpost in the Makuleke is located in an unfenced area of the Kruger called the Pafuri Triangle. This area of land in the far north of South Africa is marked by the confluence of the Limpopo River to the north and the Luvuhu River to the south which forms a natural choke point for game. It's well-known for its rich biodiversity, elephant sightings, spectacular birdlife and distinct ecology.

Award-winning architecture

The Outpost can accommodate 24 guests in 11 self-contained contemporary Luxury Suites and one Honeymoon Suite. All 12 standalone king-sized bed Suites are open plan en-suite. Each Luxury Suite's lounge opens onto a private outdoor terrace with double daybeds.

Some Suites are river facing and others are bush facing, and all of them offer 180˚ views of pure African bushveld. On clear days, some guests can see as far as Mozambique from their stone bathtub or open shower.

Main building

Guests can access The Outpost's main building over the connecting Zimbabwean teak walkway. The lounge and dining areas, spacious and flooded with light from the floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, offer spectacular vistas of Luvuvhu River Valley.

The same sweeping view can also be enjoyed from the lap pool on the swimming pool deck which the main building leads onto. The main dining area is separated from the wine cellar by a glass partition. The cellar offers some excellent South African wines.

Breakfast and lunch are served in the main building, and dinner is enjoyed al fresco on the pool deck or in the intimate courtyard. Guests can also request a picnic lunch if they are out on safari. The bush picnic is served under 1,400-year-old Baobab trees or on the banks of the Luvuvhu River.

Getting there

By road - The Outpost is a seven-hour drive from Johannesburg. Road transfers can be arranged.

By air - Daily charter flights can be arranged from Lanseria (1h40min), Phalaborwa (50min) Kings Camp (1h15min), Sabie Sand (1h17min), Skukuza (1h20min), Hoedspruit (1hr), Manyeleti (1h06min), Ngala (1h04min), Ulusaba (1h12min), Polokwane (1h03min), Kruger Mpumalanga International (1h06min). Upon landing on the Pafuri Strip, you will be met by a guide and taken on a 45-minute, open safari vehicle game drive to The Outpost.

Our take on The Outpost

The Outpost is one of the most beautiful safari lodges in the Kruger and its remote location in the Makuleke Contract Park, or Pafuri as it's sometimes referred to, ensures an authentic and uncrowded game viewing experience. The diverse topography, habitat and wildlife of the area afford the safari guides the unique opportunity to cater for special botany or birdwatching interests. The contemporary use of space and light in The Outpost's unique architecture provides guests with some of the most spectacular views the Kruger has to offer.

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Coffee, tea and soft drinks
  • Two game drives per day with refreshments
  • Optional walking safaris
  • Laundry
  • WiFi in the central area
  • Road transfer from and to Pafuri Airstrip for fly-in guests
  • Cellar wines, premium brand spirits, champagne and cognacs
  • Cigars and cigarettes
  • Telephone calls
  • Curio shop purchases
  • Lodge transfers
  • Gratuities and additional activities
  • Massage therapies
  • Conservation levy and reserve entry fees
  • Compulsory fully comprehensive international travel insurance
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